A Momentary Glance
-This was the first big story idea that I had, and the ending actually came to me before anything else. I used the idea of the ending to create the rest.
-I did a lot of research about the location, and loved every minute of it, even though I didn’t get to really visit the place. It’s on my bucket list though!
-I struggled with this one’s book cover. Nothing felt perfect for what I wanted to portray. I ended up letting Twitter friends and colleagues vote for their favorite. The cover that won the vote actually surprised me. It was the first cover I created, out of four.
-I changed a few of the characters’ names several times, until they finally fit.
The Power of Love
-The idea for this story came to me very randomly. I don’t even know what spawned the idea. I’m just thankful I was at home and could immediately start typing.
-I found myself emotional during the writing of this story. Not because it reflected my own life, I just really got into my main character and felt her sadness. Even thinking about it, her story is heartbreaking.
-I changed the ending twice.
-This was the first book cover I had ever created. I fell in love with it. To me, it’s as close to perfect as it could get.
-The entire idea for this book came to me in a dream. I saw it play out like a movie. I kept replaying it in my head until I was at my computer.
-It only took two days to get all my thoughts typed up.
-I started with dialogue and went back to fill in the rest because that’s what I envisioned, the dialogue between the two main characters.
-I used a lot of my own personality for the main character.
Other random facts
-I often dream my story ideas, even if it’s only a snippet. The details are usually enough to get me started, though.
-I usually create an outline after I’ve already began the story. The outline is a way for me to keep on track.
-I love the research part of writing, and I will happily spend hours looking up locations and such.
-I envision the story as I write it, much like a movie on the big screen, so I can see how it plays out.
-I rarely write from my own life experiences, or even people I know. (At least as of now!) I do, however, use my own small town life for inspiration. You may notice that my three *coming soon* books all feature small town life. I guess it’s kind of my thing.